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Our Top 5 Manufacturing Articles of 2017

A year-end look at the best manufacturing content from Longitudes.

In Part 2 of our five-part white paper series, Routes to the Future, we argued that the way we make the world around us – how we design, produce, deliver and reclaim the objects of everyday life – will follow new routes. We are trekking down many of these routes today but have just scratched the surface […]

Our Top 5 Sustainability Articles of 2017

A year-end look at the best sustainability content from Longitudes.

There are no longer separate paths for business and sustainability success – those two lanes are now one and the same. But even as the corporate community reaches a consensus on the importance of sustainable practices, many questions remain about how best to balance environmental, efficiency and commercial concerns. These questions take on an even greater […]

Our Top 5 Retail Articles of 2017

A year-end look at the best retail content from Longitudes.

The companies that best adapt to the consumer-led revolution will win the future – period. That principle applies to retailers, logistics providers and any business looking to provide solutions to customers at the click of a button. As the retail landscape undergoes rapid transformation – and the line between physical and digital stores continues to blur – it’s […]

Our Top 5 Podcasts of 2017

A year-end look at the best podcasts from Longitudes.

We fully embraced the podcasting craze in 2017, launching Longitudes Radio in October. The mission? To bring more conversations about where the world is heading straight to you. In our inaugural season, we explored how UPS is building the Network of the Future, talked about the qualities of an effective public speaker and predicted what blockchain […]

Our Top 5 Leadership Articles of 2017

A year-end look at the best leadership content from Longitudes.

Of all the trends shaping the world of tomorrow, leadership is arguably the most popular topic on Longitudes. With macro forces disrupting all industries and companies of all sizes, leadership has never been in more demand. During the past 12 months, we’ve focused on a number of questions leaders confront every day: How do you build […]

Our Top 5 Technology Articles of 2017

A year-end look at the best technology content from Longitudes.

Thank you for another great year at Longitudes. In 2017, we explored the trends of tomorrow – but in a number of exciting, new ways. We launched Longitudes Radio, a podcast channel devoted to big ideas and big thinkers shaping international commerce. We released another chapter in our Routes to the Future series, with the […]

Top 10 Innovations in World Expo History

With buzz building around Expo 2020 Dubai, here's your ticket to some of the best expo moments.

For more than a century, innovations in technology, arts and culture were revealed to the masses at grand public events – and the World’s Fair was the place to do it. We call them World Expos today, but the events continue to roll out the most cutting-edge inventions of their time. As we anticipate the next World […]

Podcast: The Power of One

Best-selling author Marshall Goldsmith on transforming leaders, one habit at a time.

In his latest of 35 books, executive coach Marshall Goldsmith talks about the things that keep us from being the best we can be. Triggers discusses how to identify the stimuli that impact our behavior and learn how to avoid being controlled by them. In this podcast, Longitudes editor James Rowe talks with Goldsmith one […]

Innovation Takes Flight This Week

Historically speaking, innovations haven’t been achieved single handedly. They take off when we work together.

Eureka moments are uncommon. On the few occasions they materialize, it’s often by accident, writes Derek Thompson in Forget Edison: This is How History’s Greatest Inventions Really Happened. Thompson offers several examples, like Charles Goodyear’s discovery of vulcanized rubber. Defending his experiments with rubber at Woburn’s General Store, Goodyear stumbled across the revolutionary concept when he unwittingly flicked a […]

Sustainability Made Stronger, Pt. 2

How companies are leveraging innovative partnerships to reduce their impact on the environment.

This is the second in a two-part series. Click here to read the first.  Whether it’s carbon emissions discussed this week in Paris, or the carbon footprint that products and services leave on the environment, people are becoming increasingly interested in how to solve the challenging environmental issues our planet is facing. Millennials are often […]

Sustainability Made Stronger, Pt. 1

How companies are leveraging innovative partnerships to reduce their impact on the environment.

Today marks the beginning of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, France. For the next two weeks, world leaders are negotiating legally binding agreements to reduce carbon emissions. The endgame is capping Earth’s greenhouse effect temperature at no more than a 2 degree Celsius increase above pre-industrial levels. More and more, companies around […]

This Week: Transportation Innovation

Frequent advances in technology create opportunity and challenge for those in the transportation industry

Through 1900, humans doubled their collective knowledge once every hundred years. By the end of World War II, knowledge doubled every 25 years. Today, it’s every 12 months. Acclaimed futurist and inventor, R. Buckminster Fuller called it the “Knowledge Doubling Curve” in his 1981 book, Critical Path. Darryl Barber, UPS enterprise marketing manager, describes how the […]

This Week: Big Data Magic

Humans have had an affinity for data for some time. We like a good bar graph because it tells a story. Although, in my limited research, I’ve been unable to find evidence that pie charts were being used in humankind’s earliest days, former US Senator, Henry D. Hubbard, said this of data in 1939: There is […]

This Week on Longitudes

Hello and a warm welcome to Longitudes. Today marks the beginning of 3D Print Industry Week at UPS. We put it on the calendar to highlight a technology that’s revolutionizing how products are being forged, refined and brought to market, better and faster. And more importantly, to start a conversation about the ways 3D printing can bring […]